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Missouri Family E-News

August 16, 2011

Missouri Senate Leaders Call for Balanced Budget



Missouri Senate leaders are calling on Congress to take decisive action to approve a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.   Under the debt-limit legislation recently approved by Congress, a vote on a balanced budget amendment must be taken up by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate by the end of the year.


Missouri Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey has written a letter to U.S. Senators pledging to work to ensure ratification by the Missouri Legislature of a balanced budget amendment.  A federal constitutional amendment must be approved by two-thirds of the members of both houses of Congress and then be ratified by three-fourths  (38) of the states.

"A balanced budget amendment is the only mechanism that will ensure that Congress gets federal spending under control," Dempsey wrote in his letter to U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, sponsors of a balanced budget proposal.


"Without a balanced budget amendment, America will spend itself into insolvency and will mortgage our children's future.  To prevent this grave harm, we must act together to amend the United States Constitution." 


Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer joined Dempsey in calling for prompt Congressional action.  "It's high time to bring our runaway debt under control," Mayer says.  "We call on Congress to move quickly and send the states a well-drafted balanced budget amendment.  We would like to make Missouri one of the very first states to ratify this important proposal."


"The current levels of federal spending and borrowing cannot be sustained, " Mayer adds.  "Rather than sit idly by as our children and grandchildren are saddled with mounting levels of debt, we must take action to give Washington a backbone when it comes to balancing the budget."


Senator Dempsey says he will be introducing a formal resolution when the Missouri Legislature reconvenes in January petitioning Congress to send a balanced budget amendment to the states. 



Christian Bed and Breakfast Owners Face Harassment



The Illinois Department of Human Rights says it has found "substantial evidence" of discrimination by two Illinois bed and breakfast inns that refused to host "civil union" ceremonies.


The TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, and the Beall Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Alton are the subject of the complaint.   Todd Wathen filed the complaints, alleging that the inns violated an Illinois law prohibiting discrimination based on so-called "sexual orientation."


The Human Rights Department action follows the recent passage of a new law in Illinois establishing "civil unions" for homosexual couples.  The new law, signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, was falsely labeled the "Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act."


That law is clearly providing no religious freedom protection to Jim and Beth Walder, owners of the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast.   The Walder's reportedly told Wathen in an e-mail:  "We will never host same-sex civil unions.  We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it.  If that is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate."  


When confronted by the Illinois media about his alleged non-compliance with the state's new civil unions law, Walder had this to say:  "The Bible contains the highest laws pertinent to man.  It trumps Illinois law, United States law, and global law should there ever be any."


Since taking their stand on behalf of righteousness in the operation of their home and business, the Walder's have been assaulted with vicious, hateful e-mails and phone calls. 


Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth says this episode is a sign of things to come.  "The well-financed gay agenda is rolling into small-town USA.  Paxton is a quiet farming community in central Illinois with a population of 4,600."


"Now it is embroiled in the 'culture war' battle of our day:  whether homosexuals' supposed right to have their sexual lifestyle affirmed supersedes moral-minded citizens' First Amendment rights to not be involved with sexual immorality."


LaBarbera adds,  "All who cherish religious freedom and American liberty must stand with the Walder's."


You can offer your prayers and a note of encouragement to Jim and Beth Walder and their family (pictured above) by contacting them at 



Initiative Campaign Proposed to Legalize Marijuana in Missouri

A new organization is preparing a campaign to win passage of a statewide referendum which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana in the state of Missouri.  The group, which calls itself Show-Me Cannabis, is seeking passage of either a constitutional amendment or a new state law which would decriminalize possession and use of marijuana for any purpose.


Show-Me Cannabis has submitted proposed petitions to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for certification by her office.  Once those petitions have been approved, the group will be free to gather the signatures necessary to place the issue on the ballot.  


If the group decides to pursue the constitutional amendment, they will need to obtain signatures from eight percent of the voters in six of Missouri's nine congressional districts.  Should they choose the statewide referendum route, they would need signatures from five percent of the voters in six congressional districts.


Unlike referendums proposed in other states, the Missouri initiative would not limit marijuana use to so-called "medicinal" purposes.  Marijuana would be removed from the list of controlled substances in Missouri, and it would be legal for anyone 21 years of age or older to smoke marijuana.


Effective in July of 2013, the State Department of Health and Senior Services would issue licenses to "cannabis establishments" who would have legal authority to "cultivate, prepare, manufacture, package, transport, and sell" marijuana, as well as marijuana accessories used for ingesting or inhaling the drug.


The proposal would prohibit the use of Missouri law enforcement personnel or state funds to enforce federal laws governing the use of marijuana.  The federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 prohibits the sale or use of marijuana nationwide.  The initiative would also prohibit local governments from establishing any "special zoning requirements" regulating those who grow, manufacture, process, or distribute marijuana.


Show-Me Cannabis supporters claim that marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco.  They contend that "violent criminals have complete control of the marijuana market in a manner similar to the days of alcohol prohibition."  In fact, marijuana supporters  describe those who oppose the legalization of pot as "prohibitionists."  They argue that the initiative will "return control of [marijuana] to government and private business, rather than criminal enterprise."


Mark Pedersen, described in press accounts as a "medical marijuana activist," says that "marijuana is safer than table sugar.  I would be happy to argue with anybody who is a prohibitionist.  The facts are on our side."


Dan Duncan, spokesman for the St. Louis chapter of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, disagrees.  "We would be very concerned that a movement like this would go even further to give a message to our kids that this is a safe, harmless drug when in fact it's not."


Duncan also expressed the common concern of many that marijuana is a gateway to use of more serious drugs.  "It's not true that everybody that uses marijuana is gonna end up on cocaine or methamphetamine or heroin," Duncan adds.  "However, it is true that most people that do those drugs, the drugs with the greater lethality, have all used drugs like marijuana first."


The Show-Me Cannabis group lists a post office box in Kansas City for their campaign address.  The campaign director is Amber Langston, who served as the media liaison for Proposition 19, an initiative on the California ballot last November to legalize marijuana use in that state.  Prop 19 failed by a 54% to 46% margin.   Ultraliberal multibillionaire George Soros contributed $1 million to the Prop 19 campaign.


The Chairman of Show-Me Cannabis is Dan Viets, who has served as the Missouri State Coordinator for the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).  Viets also serves on the national Board of Directors of NORML, and has served as Chairman of the Mid-Missouri chapter of the ACLU.


Supporters of marijuana legalization are going straight to the voters on this initiative because they know there are no prospects whatsoever that it would be approved by the Missouri Legislature.   


The damaging and stupefying individual and societal costs of marijuana use are well documented.  The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that more than 376,000 individuals were admitted to hospital emergency rooms in 2009 for marijuana-related issues.  You can read more about the dangers of this drug on the NCADD website by using this link:





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